Good Weekend for Feb. 5-7 

On the town

Indie cinema: The 2010 San Francisco Independent Film Festival (IndieFest) is rolling. Filmmaking with spirit, guts, edge, and a mind of its own hits the screen. [7:15 to 11 p.m., Roxie Theater, 3117 16th St., S.F.;]

Undear hearts: The Lesbian/Gay Chorus of San Francisco presents its annual Anti-Valentine’s Day Cabaret & Musical Extravaganza, “Love Bites: All That Jazz.” [8 p.m., Women’s Building, 3543 18th St., S.F.]


Chamber music: The Ives Quartet, with guests Tanya Tompkins (cello) and Leslie (viola), presents “Playing Well With Others,” a concert with a good-friends tone. [8 p.m., St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, 600 Colorado Ave., Palo Alto]


Ferry Plaza Farmers Market top picks


Salad mix

Smoked onions

Ground beef

Sundried tomatoes

Green garlic

Shiitake mushrooms


Fresh soy noodles

Dried cannellini beans

A great city walk

Land’s End-Sutro Heights: Experience the dramatic wind-swept vistas where San Francisco meets the Pacific Ocean. Enjoy Sutro Heights Park, Mayor Sutro’s gift to the public, and see the ruins of his gigantic baths on this somewhat strenuous walk led by William Zinn. [2 p.m., meet at the lion statue at 48th and Point Lobos avenues, S.F.,]


MTA hearing: The San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency hosts a public hearing on proposals (including Muni service cuts and fare hikes) for closing its budget deficit. [10 a.m. to noon, MTA, 1 South Van Ness Ave., S.F.;]


Violin virtuoso: Violinist Midori performs “Music of Her Time,” a program making a case for five late-20th-century works. Featured composers include John Adams. [8 p.m., Herbst Theatre, 401 Van Ness Ave., S.F.]

Cover songs: Slim’s hosts the 13th annual “One Night Stand.” Members of popular bands perform favorite cover songs. [8 p.m., 333 11th St., S.F.]

Britten salute: Seventh Avenue Performances presents “The Music of Benjamin Britten.” Featured artists include tenor Colby Roberts. [7:30 p.m., Seventh Avenue Presbyterian Church, 1329 Seventh Ave., S.F.]

Fairs and festivals

New Year flora: The Chinese New Year Flower Fair — featuring flora, fruit, food and arts — returns. [10 a.m. to 8 p.m., Grant Avenue from Clay Street to Broadway, and Pacific Avenue between Stockton and Kearny streets, S.F.]


Family day: “Folksy Family Days” events take place in SOMA at the Museum of Craft and Folk Art and the Museum of the African Diaspora. West African cloth is the focus. [1 to 4 p.m.; info/RSVP: (415) 227-4888, ext. 10]


Stand-up comic: Jeffrey Ross, Comedy Central’s “Roastmaster General,” performs a stand-up show. [8 and 10:15 p.m., Cobb’s Comedy Club, 915 Columbus Ave., S.F.]

Literary events

Sci-fi novelist: Local science-fiction author Terry Bisson talks about “Fire on the Mountain” (1988), now in rerelease. [3 p.m., Borderlands Books, 866 Valencia St., S.F.]


Mystery novelist: J. Sydney Jones talks about “Requiem in Vienna,” a historical mystery. [2 p.m., “M” Is for Mystery, 86 E. Third Ave., San Mateo]


A great bike ride

Love of Chocolate Bike Ride: Join San Francisco Bicycle Coalition members and other cocoa-crazy cyclists for an afternoon learning about, eating and drinking chocolate — just in time for Valentine’s Day. The route, approximately 10 miles, has some hills. The ride will end with a chocolatey picnic, so pack a lunch and bring cash for sweet-treat purchases. Happy couples as well as those hoping to meet a new Valentine are welcome! Rain cancels. [11:30 a.m.; meet at the Panhandle Statue, Fell and Baker streets, S.F.,]


LGBT diaries: Sean Dorsey Dance’s “Uncovered: The Diary Project” has returned. Using text from real-life diaries, the work brings a wide range of LGBT stories to light. [4 and 8 p.m., Dance Mission, 3316 24th St., S.F.]


Old chapters: The San Francisco Antiquarian Book, Print & Paper Fair features old and rare books, photos, maps and more. National and world exhibitors take part. [10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Concourse, Seventh and Brannan streets, S.F.]


Theatrical reading: Cutting Ball Theater’s Hidden Classics Reading Series presents “Women Beware Women,” a tragicomedy by Shakespeare contemporary Thomas Middleton. [1 p.m., Exit on Taylor, 277 Taylor St., S.F.]


String quartet: The Del Sol String Quartet performs works by Haydn, Pawel Szymanski, Tania Leon and Philip Glass. Noe Valley Chamber Music presents the concert. [4 p.m., Noe Valley Ministry, 1021 Sanchez St., S.F.]

French pop band: Nouvelle Vague, a French band that performs bossa nova covers of punk and new-wave classics, performs. Singer Findlay Brown opens the evening. [8 p.m., Regency Ballroom, 1290 Sutter St., S.F.]


Beats go on: The fifth annual Neal Cassady Birthday Bash takes place at the Beat Museum. Festivities include a silent auction and appearances by friends and contemporaries of the Beat-generation writer. [7 p.m., 540 Broadway, S.F.]


Classical quartet: The Music at Kohl series welcomes the world-recognized Ying Quartet. Works by Haydn, Barber and Dvorak are on the program. [7 p.m.; preconcert talk at 6 p.m.; 2750 Adeline Drive, Burlingame]

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